But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” (Matthew 8:22)
Nothing can be compared to the supremacy of following Christ. Nothing has a higher priority. It isn’t that Christ doesn’t care about family and relationships. He cares immensely. He instructs us to honor our parents, love our families, and show compassion to all. Yet, we are called to an obedient faith. Christ must have the preeminence in our lives. There can be no one or nothing higher. The situation given here is an end-most example of forsaking all to follow Christ. Following Christ is a matter of priorities. We should ask ourselves, “What am I willing to surrender to follow Christ?” We can easily answer that question by asking ourselves the elementary question, “What does it take for me to miss the fellowship of His body, which we call church?” For some it takes only a sporting event or a bit of rain. What does it take for you to miss the assembly of the believers?